Residents, Veterans and Seniors: Reminder to File for New York State Tax Exemptions

reminder.JPGI want to remind residents, veterans and seniors who reside in the Town of Huntington that you may be eligible for a New York State Tax Exemption on your December 2015 tax bill.  Residents who did not re-register for the Basic STAR tax exemption with the New York State Tax Department before December 31st, 2014 are urged to contact the NY State Tax Department directly at: 518-457-2036. 

Veterans can be eligible for an additional NY State Tax Exemption which applies only to School District Taxes. In order to obtain the School Tax Alternative Veterans exemption, you must reside in one of the following participating school districts: Elwood, Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Half Hollow Hills, Harborfields, Northport-East Northport and South Huntington. The exemption will begin in the 2015/2016 tax year (tax bill for the period of December 1, 2015 through November 30, 2016.)

A completed application for the School Tax Alternative Veterans exemption, and all required supporting documentation, must be filed with the Town Assessor no later than March 2, 2015. To obtain an application or for questions, please call the Assessor’s Office at: 351-3226. Veterans can also contact the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs at: 1-888-838-7697.
For seniors who reside in the Town of Huntington and who will be 65-years of age or older by December 31, 2015, you may be eligible for a Senior Tax Exemption on your December 2015 tax bill (if you do not already have one.) The deadline to file is March 2, 2015 in the Town Assessor’s Office.

An additional tax reduction program for which a Town of Huntington senior citizen might be qualified is the Enhanced STAR school tax exemption. The requirements are that all owners must be 65 years of age by December 31, 2015 (except husband and wife or sibling co-owners; only one needs to be 65,) your 2013 income cannot exceed $83,300 (Federal Adjusted Gross less taxable IRA distributions) and you will need to file an application with the Town Assessor’s Office by March 2, 2015.

A limited income Senior Citizen exemption can also reduce School, County, Police, Town, Highway and Library tax. For this exemption, your 2014 income cannot exceed $37,400. As a Councilman, I have always voted for the maximum savings for this Senior exemption.

Should you have any questions or if you need an application, please contact the Town Assessor’s Office at: 351-3226 to speak with a representative during normal business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30pm or visit the Town’s website at: www.HuntingtonNY.gov .